Shri Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj
attained the final samadhi and dropped his physical body on March 28, 1994.
His sacred body is interred in the Samadhi in Adivarapupeta, India.
that yogis do not die. Unlike ordinary human beings, the physical body does
not limit the yogi’s consciousness, being or personality. Yogis remain
permanently established in the spirit.
He assured devotees that
if he left his body permanently and entered mahasamadhi — the great and
final samadhi — he would be more available to them.
“If I am not within
the bounds of my body I am more available to you. If I am in samadhi, I am
very easily available. Answers are very easily available.”
The yogis who
serve as agents of God continue their work long after they have dropped
their physical form. Swamiji gave Buddha and Jesus as examples. “Nobody
can do anything to Buddha or to Christ. They will live forever. Even if
somebody tries to do anything to them, nothing will happen. Even if it
appears as though they are affected, that effect will remain for only a
small time and again they will continue. They are like rivers that keep
flowing forever. Sometimes you get bad water in the river, but with new
rains, the water again will be pure.”
referred to the pattern of yogis who become well known and their work
established only after they dropped their physical bodies. He would say that
God realized beings are seldom recognized in their own physical lifetimes.
A month before
his mahasamadhi, Swamiji assured devotees of a global mission. He predicted
that within forty years, there would be a single spiritual tradition in the
world, including India, America, the Near East, and Europe. He and his
devotees were working not for themselves, but so that people can come to
know God. Swamiji said that he had placed people throughout the world in
positions to be able to help in this work. The time would come when they can
come forward and participate.
Swamiji’s work is
to bring people into the line of meditation.
“You want to know the mission of Swami?
Listen! To bring eighty million people throughout the world on the path of
meditation, that is the mission of Swami. See, before Swamiji actually comes
on the stage, some of his devotees come and do the necessary ground work.
Then Swamiji does the main portion and whatever is left gets accomplished by
the last batch of devotees. Every time Swamiji has taken a human body, it
happened more or less in the same way.”
appointed no successor. His work continues to be done directly and through
his many devotees and disciples.
“A yogi is
like a king who serves all the people in his care. But when a king dies, a
new one is immediately installed. When a yogi dies, the world has to wait
several hundred years before another completes tapas to continue the work.”
bless their disciples and they get spiritual powers from that. They train
some disciples. Some come to this country to teach what they learned from
their guru, the yogi. There may be many more such disciples than are
publicized in this country. Such disciples teach meditation, just like the